2019 Hyundai Kona vs. 2019 Honda HR-V

February 11th, 2019 by

The Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V are both relatively new entrants to the red-hot crossover vehicle category. To help Brandon area drivers decide which is right for them, Wilson Hyundai has put together this handy comparison.



Between the 2019 Honda HR-V and the 2019 Hyundai Kona, the Hyundai brings more power and torque to the table. The Kona’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cylinder engine produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque to the HR-V’s 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. That means a better 0 to 60 without a noticeable drop in fuel efficiency. The Kona is also certified as a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV), making it more earth-friendly than the HR-V.

And thanks to a slightly shorter wheelbase, the Kona offers a tighter turning diameter, 34.8 feet compared to the HR-V’s 37.4 feet, allowing you to navigate the parking lot or the driveway with increased ease.


The Kona’s biggest advantage lies in value. First, it’s less expensive at each trim level: The base 2019 Hyundai Kona SE costs about $600 less than the base 2019 Honda HR-V LX, with price differences fluctuating slightly at each step. The top-of-the-line model, the Kona Ultimate, over $1,000 more affordable than the HR-V Touring based on MSRPs.


Both the Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V offer vast suites of new tech features, but because of the price disparity, the Kona will give you more at a lower price point. Some 2019 Hyundai Kona features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, are standard across all trim levels, while only available at higher levels on the HR-V. Likewise, exterior features like a one-touch power tilt-and-slide sunroof or LED headlights, are available on a wider range of Kona trims than the Honda HR-V offers.

Safety and Warranty

While the two vehicles offer the same common-sense safety features like comprehensive airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and antilock brakes, the Kona brings more peace of mind across trim levels. Features like Lane Keeping Assist are standard on all Kona models, but aren’t available on the HR-V until the EX trim. And unlike the Honda HR-V, the 2019 Hyundai Kona offers an available cross-path warning system, which the HR-V does not.

The Hyundai’s basic warranty runs for five years and 60,000 miles, while the Honda is covered by its initial warranty for just three years and 36,000. The Honda’s powertrain warranty covers just six years and 60,000 miles, while the Hyundai’s runs for ten years and 100,000 miles. The Kona gives you a whole lot more piece of mind for a whole lot less money.

The Choice is Clear

If you can’t tell that the 2019 Hyundai Kona is a more attractive buy than the 2019 Honda HR-V, than we invite you to come see one at our Brandon area Hyundai dealer. Set up a test drive, and let our great customer service show you why the Hyundai Kona is the best crossover to buy–and why Wilson Hyundai is the best place to buy one.

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